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You are deeply involved in sin.
    So I will punish all of you.[a]
I know Ephraim,
    and Israel isn’t a stranger to me.
Now, Ephraim, you are acting like a prostitute,
    and Israel is unclean.[b]

“The wicked things that the people have done
    keep them from returning to their God.
        They have a spirit of prostitution,
            and they don’t know the Lord.

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  1. Hosea 5:2 Hebrew meaning of this verse uncertain.
  2. Hosea 5:3 “Unclean” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is not presentable to God.
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